Thursday, April 12, 2012

blueberries in a big blue pot


This rather ridiculously huge blue pot was left by the previous owners, and I've now found a way to put it to good use! Blueberries really dislike our heavy clay, alkaline soil here, even when amended with equally ridiculous amounts of peat moss or other acidifiers. What to do, since I can't stop myself from buying 2-for–1 bushes at the nursery, dreaming of growing my own?

I'm hoping I have success growing them in pots, as suggested by this article. I'm using mostly peat moss and a little compost, and just went ahead and potted both bushes together, since they will need each other for the bees to pollinate them (and who knows if there's even another blueberry bush for miles around!) The varieties are Jersey and Blue crop. Fingers crossed that we may someday have homegrown blueberries - just a handful for fresh eating or enough for a good batch of blueberry pancakes would make me oh.so.happy.

10 comments:

  1. Blueberries are delicious, but they tend to dislike clay. We had to do a great deal of fixing our soil, before we planted ours. Last year we had two blueberries...the rest went to the birds
    :(
    m.

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  2. I think planting in a container seems like a good fit for a plant with such soil particulars as blueberries. Matt got a few books by Robert Gough (Dr. Bob) about growing blueberries in our region, but that will have to wait for another year I think. I hope yours thrive. I am with you, even a little handful of homegrown blueberries would make me over the moon.

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  3. I'm anxious to hear how they turn out. My soil is all clay and I composted with aged horse manure years ago, but if you dig deep enough it is still heavy clay. My parents, however, live a mile away and have the most perfect soil. It's really irritating.

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  4. Can't wait to hear how this turns out. I tried planting some here in Denver a few years ago but they all died. Perhaps it was the clay...

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  5. I still have so much to learn in regards to what plants like what soil and will file this tip away :)
    We found two big pots left by the previous tenants that I grow our herbs in, so handy having it close to the house.
    Good luck with your blueberries .
    x

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  6. I know blueberries are very particular about their soil and growing them in a pot seems like the perfect solution! :)

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  7. looks good. i love blueberries! we had some once, but the dog decided to eat them. I was not very happy. Haven't tried again!

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  8. We have clay soil around here, too, and have been trying to amend it to be the perfect environment for our blueberries. Growing them in a pot is a really great solution!

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  9. So lovely. I've been thinking of blueberry bushes lately. Thanks for the extra inspiration!

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  10. I will keep my fingers crossed for them to grow and provide you with all the lovely, juicy blue orbs of goodness.

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